Summer Sailing Camp


The Captiva Island Yacht Club is taking sign-ups for its summertime youth sailing program.

This year’s Junior Sailing Camp will be offered in two sessions – June 17-28 and July 15-26 – running Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Hosted for about 10 years, the program teaches participants how to rig and sail a boat single-handedly, race a sailboat and handle a kayak.  » Read more

Library Re-Imagined

Next time you visit Sanibel Island, be sure to leave some time to go check out our “re-imagined” public library.

Always one of our “best kept secrets,” the Sanibel Public Library is now an even nicer place to relax after completion of its three-year renovation project.

The “re-imagined” project has been described as mixing the latest in high tech library design trends with the laid back Sanibel aesthetic.  » Read more

Reason for the Season

Off the Sanibel Causeway; photo by Vandy Major from Florida Weekly

Thought we’d share a photographic essay of what it means to live in Southwest Florida in “season.”

Click here for Florida Weekly’s recent article called Reason for the Season, spotlighting “those folks who take over paradise for these few months” from Venice to Naples!  » Read more

So Much Talent

Sometimes we’re amazed at the amount of talent here in Southwest Florida!

Case in point are the students that participated in the 6th Annual “Ding” Darling – Theodore Cross High School Photography Contest this year.

The competition invited high school students from Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Glades and Hendry counties to compete for prizes that included a Canon digital SLR camera package, chartered class trips to the refuge,  » Read more

What a GREAT Idea!!

Now THIS is a great idea!

Longtime guest Don P. from Farmington Hills, MI, who returns to Ocean’s Reach each spring with his beautiful family, wrote to us recently:


“I don’t know if anyone else has done this, but we called a few relatives and friends, and had them get on their computers and look at the live beach cam on the Ocean’s Reach site.   » Read more

Underwater Secrets

The USS Mohawk, now an artificial reef

Southwest Florida’s best-kept secret isn’t found downtown, on a beach or on an island – in fact, it’s not found anywhere on land. It’s a network of artificial reefs hidden underwater. Since the 1980s, it’s grown into both an alluring activity and a vital tool for conservation.

Coral reefs are a small part of the ocean but have a huge impact on the environment.  » Read more

Unplasticate Your Life

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As we celebrate Earth Day today, we invite you to join us in making a renewed effort to “unplasticate” our lives.

We are now producing more than 300 million tons of plastic every year.  The amount of plastics that ends up in our oceans is reaching crisis proportions, not only threatening our waters and marine life, but human health, as well.  » Read more

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